Aurangabad : Over 90 medical officers (MOs) working in 50 primary health centres and 14 rural hospitals in the district will go on strike from June 2 to press for their demands.

The state-wide strike call has been given by the Maharashtra Association for Gazetted Medical Officers (Magmo).

Dr Sandeepan Kale, the president of Magmo’s district unit, said the strike would be against the apathy of the state government towards them.

 However, keeping the interests of patients in mind, the officers would be protesting in phases.

 In the first phase from June 2, they will not work. But emergency and post-mortem cases will be attended. From June 5, the administrative officers will join the strike. From June 6, medical officers will boycott even emergency cases.

In the second phase, district health officers and civil surgeons will join the strike.

All the medical officers resorting to indefinite strike come under the jurisdiction of the health department of the Aurangabad Zila Parishad (ZP).

BT Jamadar, health officer of the parishad, said alternative arrangements would be made to ensure that health services in rural areas are not hit by the proposed strike.

The services of interns and resident doctors from the Government Medical College and Hospital will be sought, he said.

Demands
n Fix duty hours, in no case duty will be more than 24 hours
n Absorb 825 MOs working on contract basis for last 15 years
n Give service benefits to 1,760 MOs who joined service in 2009-10
n Pay enhanced non-practice allowance
n Arrears of pay commission be given from 2006
n Promotions to MBBS and BAMS MOs be given

Alternative arrangements
All the MOs resorting to indefinite strike fall under the jurisdiction of Health Department of the Zila Parishad (ZP). ZP Health Officer B. T. Jamadar said that administration is engaged in making some alternative arrangements to ensure health services in rural areas are not hit by the proposed strike. It has been mulling the option of put-in interns and resident doctors in place of agitating MOs. They will be picked up from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Sudhir Dharmadhikari

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